Mardela’s Kory Shiles is no stranger to winning softball especially following the run that this year’s Warriors seniors have just finished up.
They won nearly 20 games a season, captured two Bayside Championships and made a trip to the state championship game as freshmen.
This season the team fell short of its ultimate goal of a state championship once again, but had an impressive run considering the many key pieces that left the team after last season.
“The seniors have four years of a lot of success,” Shiles said. “Nothing to be ashamed of. Takes a little bit of luck to get to the finals anyway and we just didn’t have it this year.”
But the strong campaign also earned Shiles his seventh Bayside South Coach of the Year honor — an award he said he shares with his assistants.
But he also knows what helped earn the award voted on by the league’s coaches.
“We do have a great group of girls that we are fortunate to coach who work really hard in the weight room in the preseason and in-season are just really committed to the program and did a nice job this year,” he said.
Shiles said the success this season started on the mound with Kalie Adkins and Amber Lovelace.
“It didn’t matter who we were playing — aside from the Delmar game — we were right there with everybody,” Shiles said. “If we made plays defensively then we usually came out on top. If we didn’t we lost.”
Four of the teams six losses on the year came by just one run and Shiles said they could have gone wither way if they had “a timely hit here or made a play there.”
Bayside South Player of the Year and Bennett pitcher Kasey Donalds has seen four years of Mardela softball squads and said they have given her trouble because Shiles is smart and knows how to help his team produce runs.
“I have to think a lot more when I play Mardela than I do against team that aren’t … Mardela. He definitely keeps me on my toes and I am more selective about my pitches.”
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